SL009
Kambui Hills Forest Reserve


Country/territory: Sierra Leone

IBA Criteria met: A1, A2, A3 (2001)
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Area: 21,228 ha

Protection status:

Conservation Society of Sierra Leone
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2005 medium favourable low
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Site description
Located in the south-east of the country, Kambui Hills Forest Reserve comprises two major blocks, Kambui North (20,348 ha) and Kambui South (880 ha). The two areas are divided by the main road linking Kenema, 10 km to the east, with the town of Bo. The Forest Reserve occurs on steep slopes, reaching 645 m in Kambui North. The reserve acts as a catchment area for a number of reservoirs that supply Kenema and surrounding communities. The vegetation is predominantly mature secondary moist forest with semi-deciduous forest on the slopes, and farmbush and thicket on the lower plains and the fringes of the reserve.

Key biodiversity
See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. Over 200 species of bird have been recorded, including five species of global conservation concern.

Non-bird biodiversity: The following primates occur: Pan troglodytes verus (EN), Procolobus badius (LR/nt), Colobus polykomus (LR/nt), Cercocebus atys (LR/nt) and Cercopithecus diana (VU). Other threatened mammals known include Loxodonta africana cyclotis (EN) and the duikers Cephalophus jentinki (VU), C. niger (LR/nt) and C. maxwelli (LR/nt).


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kambui Hills Forest Reserve. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/07/2019.